The MicroISV Digest for the week ending September 15th, 2008.
(If you’re announcing the public debut of a microISV, startup or have other news to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word digest in the subject.)
News and Announcements
- Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky graduated Stack Overflow to public beta today. For those developers who’ve not heard about Stack Overflow, it’s an ambitious attempt to create a genuinely useful programming Q & A site. Joel and Jeff have set out to create a site where programmers can get and offer very high quality, contemporary answers to the gamut of technical questions we face. Definitely give it a try. Here’s Joel’s description of the launch.
- ‘Peldi’ Guilizzoni, founder of Balsamiq Studios, has announced Balsamiq Mockups for JIRA (JIRA by the way is a bug and issue tracking system developed by Atlassian Software.)(via email)
- Steve Cholerton announced the ArtenChat Beta program. Arten Science is a U.K. – based microISV with four products for sale today; ArtenChat will be a cross-platform IM/FTP secure client. Steve is offering active beta testers a free full license once it hits 1.0 in exchange for their participation. (via email)
- FutureGlue AB – Peter Bruinsma’s one man show in Northern Sweden – is rebranding and expanding its product line. FutureGlue AB has bought LinkedCells from LinkedCells LLC for an undisclosed sum, and will be bringing its vanguard Outlook RSS reader Intraviews out of soft hibernation. (via email)
- Disclosure/announcement: The good people at Avangate have commissioned me to write a series of monthly in-depth posts on topics of interest to microISVs and startups. The first one should be up in a day or two at http://blog.avangate.com/. I won’t be talking about payment processing there, nor mentioning their posts here unless they make the cut – including mine.
Relevant Blog Posts, Videos and Articles
- Scott Carpenter (Invoiceplace) suggests you give The bucket & the pipeline a read. I agree. In fact, I’m surprised I haven’t come across Steve Sammartino’s Start Up Blog before this: lots of good, short posts there.
- Elephants and ants, big companies and startups here.
- Roxana Patrichi has a good post up at the Avangate blog on Effectively Choosing Website Colors. The post points to this much more detailed article, Choosing the Right Colors for Your Web Site, also on the Avangate site.
Further (mostly relevant) Reading
- Chris Brogan has some excellent advice for bloggers in his post, 50 Ways to Take Your Blog to the Next Level at Chrisbrogan.com.
- Want to know how to get out of consulting and into your microISV? Here’s a good example: How Common Craft Stopped Doing Client Work, In Plain English by Marshall Kirkpatrick.
- In case you’re looking for a day job and posting to your social networks for your drinking buddies to enjoy: One in five employers uses social networks in hiring process, from ComputerWorld.